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Elveden Hall (Elvedon Hall)  England 
Elveden, Suffolk, England

Circa Date: Georgian core w/19th century alterations and additions

Status: Fully Extant

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Georgian core w/19th century alterations and additions

The entrance façade from an early 20th century postcard


Designed   Worked with son, Clyde Francis Young, on the Indian Hall for Edward Cecil Guinness.
Date   1890s

Designed   Worked with father, William Young, on the Indian Hall for Edward Cecil Guinness.
Date   1890s

Designed   Remodeled House for Maharajah Duleep Dingh
Date   Circa 1879

Extant / Listed / References

Extant Type
Fully Extant
Extant Details

House Listed As 
Grade II*
Gardens Listed As  
Not Listed
Country House:  Yes

Vitruvius Britannicus
Vitruvius Scoticus
J.B. Burke (Burke's Visitation of Seats)
Country Life
J.P. Neale (Neale's Views of Seats)
Access / Ownership / Seat

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Limited Access to Grounds Only
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Current Ownership
Current Ownership Type
Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use
Private Home
Current Ownership Use / Details
Lord and Lady Iveagh live in a smaller house on the Estate.

Seat ("Seat" is loosely defined as any family that occupied the house for a period of 2 years or more)
Today Seat of
Earl of Iveagh, Guinness family.
A Past Seat(s) of
Admiral Keppel, 18th century. Maharajah Duleep Singh, 19th century. Edward Cecil Guinness, Baron Iveagh, Viscount Elveden, Earl of Iveagh, late 19th-early 20th centuries.
Possible (Unsure) Seat of
History / Gardens & Park / Movies

Earlier House(s) / Building(s)
House Replaced By
Built / Designed For
House & Family History
In 1849 Maharajah Duleep Singh, ruler of the Punjab and owner of the famous Koh-i-noor Diamond, was overthrown by the East India Company. In 1863 he purchased the 17,000-acre Elveden Estate and engaged John Norton to rebuild the exteriors of the existing Georgian house in an Italianate style; in the 1870s Norton redesigned the interiors in an Indian Moghul style. The Maharajah loved shooting and held famously lavish shooting parties at Elveden that attracted royalty and the aristocracy. The Maharajah suffered from the agricultural depression that hit England in the late 19th century and left Elveden and England in 1886. After his death in 1893 the Maharajah’s executors sold Elveden Hall (in 1894) to Edward Cecil Guinness, 1st Earl of Iveagh (the story of the Maharajah is featured in Michael Alexander’s 1980 book, "Queen Victoria's Maharajah, Duleep Singh, 1838-93"). Lord Iveagh doubled the size of the House and added the Indian Hall in homage to the Mararajah. Elveden today is house of three stories by 25 bays, with a central dome. During World War II the House was occupied by the U.S. Air Force. Since the 1980s Elveden Hall has stood empty, with the Guinness family living in a smaller house on the Estate.
Collections This field lists art objects that are currently or were previously in the collection of the house.

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The entire contents were sold at Christie’s May 21-24, 1984 for £6,162,719, including items once onwed by Maharajah Singh. The Suffolk Record Office purchased the archives in 1986.

Gardens & Park
Garden, Park, Follies and Outbuildings
During the late 19th century Maharajah Duleep Singh built an aviary that was home to many exotic birds, including buzzards, golden pheasants, parrots, and Icelandic Gyrfalcons, among others. Elveden is the center today (2008) of a 23,000-acre estate.
Chapel & Church

Location for Movies / TV
"The Living Daylights" (1987 - for the banquet shooting scene). "Eyes Wide Shut" (1999 - as interiors of Somerton, the Long Island mansion where the orgy takes place). "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" (2001). "Agatha Christie's Poirot: Cat Among the Piegons" (2008 - TV series, as the interior of the Indian hall). "My Talks with Dean Spanley" [aka "Dean Spanley"] (2008). "Jupiter Ascending" (2014).

Author   Kenworthy-Browne, John; Reid, Peter; Sayer, Michael; Watkin, David
Year Published   1981

Author   Sayer, Michael
Year Published   1993

Author   NA
Year Published   NA
Reference   Nov 1985, pg. 674

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